Ridley is now one of six running backs on the Colts' roster, though that number could drop after the team's roster is cut to 75 players on Tuesday. Along with Frank Gore, Ridley gives the Colts two veteran running backs that can pound the ball, though the likes of Josh Ferguson, Robert Turbin and Jordan Todman remain in the team's depth RB mix at this stage.
Ridley was released by the Lions on Thursday, but has already garnered interest elsewhere on the free-agent market. His visit with the Colts comes while a number of players are competing for pegging behind starter Frank Gore at running back. After an injury-shortened 2014 season, Ridley rushed only 36 times for 90 yards in eight games for the Jets last year.
The Lions have released Ridley, Mlive.com reports.
The move leaves Zach Zenner, George Winn and rookie Dwayne Washington battling for slotting behind Ameer Abdullah and pass-catching back Theo Riddick. Now further removed from a major knee injury that ended his 2014 season, Ridley -- who saw limited action with the Jets in 2015 -- figures to catch on elsewhere as a depth back with a team dealing with backfield injuries. One intriguing possibility on that front could be New England, where Ridley spent the first four years of his NFL career.
Ridley didn't enter Thursday's preseason game against the Bengals until the second half, ultimately finishing with four carries for 13 yards, MLive's Kyle Meinke reports.
Ridley is competing for Detroit's power-back role against Zach Zenner, who managed just four yards on four carries. Far more important than their respective stat lines, Zenner was the second Detroit running back to enter the game for a second straight week, while Ridley again had to wait until after halftime. With Zenner clearly holding the advantage, Ridley probably needs a huge showing in the third preseason game to have any shot of making the final roster. The Lions presumably wouldn't carry a No. 4 running back who can't contribute on special teams or in the passing game.
Ridley is line to compete with Zach Zenner, George Winn and Dwayne Washington for slotting behind Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick on the Lions' running back depth chart, the team's official site reports.
The expectation remains that Abdullah, when healthy, will serve as the Lions' top back in 2016, with Riddick in line to see his share of touches as well, notably in the passing game. Per the report, Ridley "seems like the favorite" to win the No. 3 spot in the Detroit backfield and in such a scenario, the 27-year-old, who ran for 1,263 yards for the Patriots in 2012, could be a break away from resurfacing on the fantasy radar after back-to-back campaigns impacted by the right ACL/MCL injury that he sustained in Week 6 of the 2014 season.
|P4||9/1/16||@ CIN||7:30 pm|
|2||9/18/16||@ DEN||4:25 pm|
|4||10/2/16||@ JAC||9:30 am|
|6||10/16/16||@ HOU||8:30 pm|
|7||10/23/16||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|9||11/6/16||@ GB||4:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|13||12/5/16||@ NYJ||8:30 pm|
|15||12/18/16||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|16||12/24/16||@ OAK||4:05 pm|
|2011||New England Patriots||16||2||87||441||5.1||33||1||5||18|
|2012||New England Patriots||16||12||290||1263||4.4||41||12||6||82|
|2013||New England Patriots||14||6||178||773||4.3||29||7||3||39|
|2014||New England Patriots||6||5||94||340||3.6||43||2||1||16|
|2015||New York Jets||8||1||36||90||2.5||13||0||0||5|
|2011||New England Patriots||16||2||3||13||4.3||8||0||0||0||0|
|2012||New England Patriots||16||12||6||51||8.5||20||0||1||0||2|
|2013||New England Patriots||14||6||10||62||6.2||24||0||1||0||2|
|2014||New England Patriots||6||5||4||20||5.0||7||0||0||0||0|
|2015||New York Jets||8||1||4||-2||-0.5||3||0||0||0||0|
|2011||New England Patriots||16||7||152||21.7||32||0||0|
|2012||New England Patriots||16||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2013||New England Patriots||14||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2014||New England Patriots||6||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2015||New York Jets||8||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2011||New England Patriots||16||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2012||New England Patriots||16||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||New England Patriots||14||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2014||New England Patriots||6||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2015||New York Jets||8||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2011||New England Patriots||16||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2012||New England Patriots||16||4||2||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2013||New England Patriots||14||4||4||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2014||New England Patriots||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||New York Jets||8||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|